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Sparta High School

Public | 9-12 | 376 students

 
 

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Posted June 18, 2009

As a student at SHS I believe its a great school with caring people. As any school yes sparta does have down falls but no major ones. As far as our princpal he's great. In genral he truely does care & works hard. I guess everyone has a their own view on things. For you to only live here 5 years & judge our school as you did is very rude. To also say if your christian give me a break. There are tons of christians at sparta high & I am one of them! As far as your daughter & you good luck to which school you might find because no school is perfect. I love Sparta & believe its a truely a lovely school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2004

We moved to this district about 5 years ago. There has been nothing but decline with my daughter's grades and friends. My daughter has even been 'depantsed' - yes, her pants were pulled all the way down in the hallway and nothing was done! There is currently no chorus teacher at the high school which is a big deficit for my daughter because she loves to sing, going to contests last year was a joke. Every time that I have been around the principal he has been flirting with either the students or other females. If morals don't matter to you, your student will be fine. If you are a Christian and want high standards and morals for your child, look elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

Sparta High has a lot of extra curricular to offer the students. I just wish that the funding was there to challenge the 'gifted' students. It seems a shame that the smarter children do not get any extra challenges and are falling through the cracks. It is also a shame that Sparta does not offer vocal music anymore. There are a lot of beautiful voices that need to be heard. All in all, having graduated from the SCSD 140, and having children in the school district (all 3 Sparta schools in Sparta), I would have to say that over the years, they have improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

This school provides many opportunities for the student to achieve their potential. It may seem small but the teachers care, and this makes all the difference in a student getting the chance to succeed along with the encouragement to improve and advance. Parent envolment is greatly appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

Because of the educational foundation I got from Sparta High School, I have been able to go to a great college and hold down a 50K a year job. I can say that the teachers at SHS care about their students.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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27%

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37%

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40%

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31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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47%

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53%

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37%

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42%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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34%

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50%

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38%

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38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female30%
Male23%
Black14%
Asiann/a
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Native Americann/a
White29%
Low income17%
Non-low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female56%
Male38%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income39%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female40%
Male28%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Low income24%
Non-low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

76.9%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 51%
Black 18% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 1% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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205 West Hood Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: (618) 443-4341

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